The most recent wood stork observations occurred on the Duck River Unit during late summer of 1999 and 2000, associated with post-breeding dispersal. Two immature wood storks were observed on several occasions between July 14 and September 7 feeding in the wetlands within the Duck River Bottoms. This was the first sighting of wood storks on the refuge in several decades. Twelve immature wood storks were observed feeding in the shallow waters of an impoundment in the Duck River Bottoms on August 10 and 11, 2000.
The moist-soil management program that is focused towards waterfowl inadvertently provides the shallow water habitats desired as foraging sites for wood storks. Summer drawdowns concentrate fish and other aquatic species in shallow pools improving access to many species of wading birds.
- The Wood Stork is the only stork that presently breeds in North America